House geckos in Kenya

Look at these amazing feet. This is how geckos can run along ceilings Mandatory TED talk Close up on the beautiful eye I’ve seen house geckos on four continents now (Australia, South America, North America, Africa). However, Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa in general) is their native range! We were all quite fond of the geckos […]

Some Kenyan lizards

I’ll have a separate gecko post (of course), and I’ve already written about the chameleons (1, 2), but here are some of the lizards I regularly saw around the research camp in Kenya. I think this is a Somali Painted Agama, but I’m not sure: Our most common lizard was the Red-headed Rock Agama. This […]

An even littler, more adorable chameleon

I found this baby chameleon in Nairobi (again at the Wildebeest Camp) when I was out at night looking for frogs! So CUTE! Soooo sleepy…(sorry these photos aren’t better, guess I was sleepy too) Sleepy chameleon My friend Paola for scale…teeny chameleon! Love the little stubby nose There’s an unusual perspective for you

This adorable little chameleon

Please watch this video of true facts about chameleons (parental advisory warning): Did you know that a lot of Kenyans think chameleons are poisonous (or maybe venomous hard to tell)? I was shocked because my Kenyan friends were shocked when I dove at the ground to pick up this chameleon that was sprinting (I know, […]

Gotta catch em all!

So there’s this Pokemon Go phenomenon that’s taking over our world…and our undergraduate researchers.  But I realized that Pokemon Go is basically a game I’ve been playing my whole life, only with real organisms!  I like to find new plants and animals of all sorts! (And capture them in photographs) Why do people think things […]

Some Costa Rican Lizards

Anolis lizards are the most common…they are very dominant in the tropics Look at that smug mug Juvenile Anolis Another juvenile Anolis…I got so excited thinking these guys were geckos (only a couple of centimeters long!) that I caught one and brought it back to the station only to learn it was just another Anolis…le […]

Looking at a Lizard, by Barry Spacks

How did I miss this poem when I was putting up all my lizard posts (also these)? Looking at a Lizard My only purpose this moment is looking at a lizard. Does he know he’s not alone? He breathes with tiny push-ups, his skin all hairline caverns soaking up the sun. I doubt, alive, I’m […]